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Auction 109, Lot 62

"Phaenomena Motuum Irregularium quos Planetae inferiores Venus et Mercurius ad annum Salutis MDCCX", Doppelmayr/Homann

Subject: Solar System

Period: 1716 (circa)


Color: Hand Color

23 x 19.5 inches
58.4 x 49.5 cm

Interesting celestial chart showing the irregular motions of Earth, Mercury and Venus per the Copernican model during the year 1710. Along the left and right edges of the sheet are linear charts depicting the transit of Mercury across the Sun on November 5, 1710 and the (predicted) transit of Venus across the Sun on June 6, 1761. In the center is a circular chart of the solar system with pinwheel lines radiating out to chart Venus and Mercury's locations during orbit for particular dates in 1710. Inside the chart is an elaborate allegorical scene of the planets orbiting the sun with Terra (Earth) being pulled through the heavens in a chariot, the wheel of which is a small map of the South Pole. This plate was first published in Homann’s Atlas von hundert Charten (1712) and reprinted in his Grossen Atlas (1716) and the Atlas Coelestis in 1742.


Condition: A

Couple of insignificant spots.

Estimate: $600 - $700


Closed on 12/1/2004